BBC bosses use licence fee payers’ money to fund lavish flights, with one claiming almost £7,000 for Miami trip

Newly released figures covering the corporation’s spending from April to June show how executives travelled to Los Angeles, Tel Aviv, India and Canada.

Matthew Postgate, the Beeb’s Chief Technology and Product Officer, spent £6,880 on a return flight to Miami, Florida. He earns £310,000 a year.

Jonathan Munro, who earns £166,000 as Head of Newsgathering, spent £2,420 on a return flight to New York City.

And Neelay Patel, who earns £197,313 as Director, TV & Radio, Digital Products & Broadcast Systems, also caught a return to the Big Apple at a cost of £2,124.

The Director-General, Tony Hall, spent a total of £1,250 on three return flights to Lisbon, Portugal; Geneva, Switzerland and Albania.


Mary Hockaday, Controller of World Service English earns £168,800 a year, but still claimed back a travel fare of £2.08.

And Bruce Malcolm, Head of Service Development, Nations and Regions who earns £150,818 a year, claimed back a total of £22.99 on protective cases for an iPad and iPhone.

The figures for expenses, gifts and hospitality of senior managers who earn over £150,000 were published yesterday by the BBC.


Top ten flight jet-setting cash-splashers

Matthew Postgate: £6,880 London to Miami

Jonathan Munro: £2,420 London to New York City

Neelay Patel: £2,124 London to New York City

Shirley Cameron:£1,353 London to India

Glyn Isherwood: £1,353 London to India

Mike Ford: £1,350 London to India

Mary Hockaday: £1,200 London to Ottowa

Thomas McDonald: £1,181 London to Los Angeles

Sarah Sands: £1,113, London to Tel Aviv

Bob Shennan: £850 London to Miami

Total: £19,824

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